Online ExpertTrack in Business & Management

How to Develop Soft Skills for Sustainability

Understand the importance of soft skills and how to use them to align today’s global workplace with the UN SDGs.

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Discover the skills needed to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals

With sustainability being a key focus of the current global community, it’s important that everyone has the skills to work together and bring about positive change at every level.

This 16-week ExpertTrack from Ubiquity University offers a fast-paced introduction to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and the soft skills that you need to help the global community work towards them.

Develop your collaboration and teamwork skills

As the world continues to change, teamwork and collaboration are becoming even more important than ever.

On this second course, you’ll explore soft skills related to building trust, diversity and inclusion, building teams, and collaborating so that you can work better in hypercomplex environments.

Build your emotional intelligence to more effectively problem-solve

Problem-solving is a vital skill in any environment, but especially in a developing world where the issues are often new and complex.

You’ll learn the role that emotional intelligence plays in solving issues, especially those related to mental health. Then, you’ll develop techniques for critical thinking, examining ways to think differently about topics and taking different cultural perspectives into account.

Improve your interpersonal and communication skills for better leadership

When planning on a global scale for a global community, it’s important to be able to see the larger picture and how smaller parts of a system play into the wider system.

Through this ExpertTrack, you’ll explore sustainable communities and the systems thinking that goes into the designing, planning, and building process of this type of infrastructure.

You’ll also look at different leadership styles, improving your negotiation, conflict resolution, and communication skills to become a better leader.

Explore mindfulness in the modern workplace

As businesses grow more aware of the importance of mental health in the workplace, skills like mindfulness and meditation are becoming increasingly useful.

This ExpertTrack will help you build these skills for both your career and personal wellbeing. You’ll dive into the process of defining your strengths and discover techniques to evaluate both your skills and motivations.

You’ll also gain an introduction to the UN SDGs and the concepts around sustainable development. This will lay the foundation for the rest of this ExpertTrack where you’ll delve further into individual SDGs.

Key skills you will learn

  • Soft Skills
  • Mindfulness
  • Collaboration
  • Teamwork
  • Critical Thinking
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Problem-Solving
  • Systems Thinking
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Leadership
  • Meeting Global Challenges
  • Building Global Communities

Experience required

This ExpertTrack will be especially useful to anyone interested in developing soft skills with a focus on sustainability and how to use these soft skills to improve yourself and the planet.

You do not need to have any previous experience or qualifications to benefit from the courses.

Getting started

This course is designed for anyone looking to improve their soft skills to help in career development.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    Build soft skills in embodiment, meditation, and mindfulness, and learn how they can support sustainable development.

    1 test

    3 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introduction to Soft Skills
      • Welcome to the Course
      • The Changing Business World
      • Acting with Authenticity
      • Multipotentialites
      • Find Your Strengths
      • Sustainable Development and the SDGs
      • Conclusion
    • Week 2

      Meeting Global Challenges Part 1
      • Welcome to Week 2
      • Global Trends
      • Mindfulness
      • Technology Trends
      • Weekly Conclusion
    • Week 3

      Meeting Global Challenges Part 2
      • Welcome to Week 3
      • SDG 13: Climate Action
      • SDG 14: Life Below Water
      • SDG 15: Life on Land
      • Conclusion
  • Course 2

    Grow your collaboration skills to build effective teams and learn different approaches to manage change.

    2 tests

    4 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Teamwork and Collaboration Part 1
      • Welcome to Course 2
      • Trust Building
      • Diversity
      • Inclusion
      • Are You a Team Player?
      • Teaming
      • Collaboration Tools
    • Week 2

      Teamwork and Collaboration Part 2
      • Welcome to Week 2
      • SDG 1: No Poverty
      • SDG 10: Reduced Inequality
      • SDG 5: Gender Equality
    • Week 3

      Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Part 1
      • Welcome to Week 3
      • Thinking About Change Part 1
      • Thinking About Change Part 2
      • Social Entrepreneurship for the SDGs
      • Innovation and Design Thinking
      • Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
    • Week 4

      Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Part 2
      • Welcome to Week 4
      • SDG 2: Zero Hunger
      • SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
      • SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Course 3

    Learn techniques and skills to address common mental health issues and improve empathy to effectively solve problems.

    2 tests

    4 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Emotional Intelligence Part 1
      • Welcome to Course 3
      • Emotional Intelligence
      • Mental and Emotional Health
      • Empathy
    • Week 2

      Emotional Intelligence Part 2
      • Welcome to Week 2
      • SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
      • Music, Dance, Hope and Inspiration
    • Week 3

      Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Part 1
      • Welcome to Week 3
      • Thinking Skills/Critical Thinking
      • The Cultural Art of Choice
      • Problem Solving
      • On Being Wrong
    • Week 4

      Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Part 2
      • Welcome to Week 4
      • Quality Education
      • SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Course 4

    Improve your interpersonal skills for more effective leadership that focuses on global sustainability.

    2 tests

    1 peer-graded assignment

    5 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Leadership Part 1
      • Welcome to Course 4
      • Leadership Styles
      • Drive and Motivation of Self and Others
      • Conflict Resolution
    • Week 2

      Leadership Part 2
      • Welcome to Week 2
      • SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
      • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
      • SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Week 3

      Building Global Community Part 1
      • Welcome to Week 3
      • Systems Thinking
      • Negotiation Skills
      • Facilitation Skills
    • Week 4

      Building Global Community Part 2
      • Welcome to Week 4
      • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
      • SDG 17: Partnerships to Achieve the Goals
    • Week 5

      Towards Your Future
      • Intro to the Closing Course and the SDG Wrap Up
      • Lifelong Learning
      • Goal Setting and Getting Things Done
      • Towards Your Future

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  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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Former association executive and consultant, edupunk who is now COO of Ubiquity University and interested in deep adaptation to climate change, as well as social and economic justice.

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